What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
King Solomon, Love, Wisdom, Courage? Post 4 Conclusion
How to “take” courage. What did King Solomon have in common with Atheists? What are the benefits of Faith?
In my previous post I stated I will explore how King Solomon managed to “take courage,” as David advised him. Also to explain why everyone has been blessed with Divine Love even though they may have no religious faith beliefs, including atheists, etc.
Notice that David’s choice of word, “Take courage…” He did not say to pursue, search, or find. The question then becomes who from or where did David intended Solomon to “take courage and be a man?”
The Bible is a virtual directory, all leading to one source, your Creator who is readily available at any time or place. He will consider all requests to support your faith request that are submitted verbally in the form of a prayer. Only if it suits His Divine Purpose, and is intended to instill goodwill.
In the Old Testament portion of the Bible, you will find that seventy-three of the 150 psalms of prayer are attributed to King David. David surely taught his son how to pray. The evidence is contained in many of the Proverbs directly relate to David’s Psalms.
Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. (Psalm 27:14)
The New Testament contains these Verses.
Ask and Thou Shalt Receive, Seek and You Shall Find, Knock and My Door Will Be Opened. (Matthew 7:7)
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42,43)
Debate of Faith vs. Atheism
In my opinion, there is no point in trying to debate Faith vs. Atheism because no scientific proof can be provided for either argument. An atheist, after reading what I stated above about the Bible will probably discount my statements as meaningless.
That is because an Atheist will discount any logic, and only accept a scientific proof of the existence of God. To an atheist, there is no Divine Love, miracles are a figment of imagination, legends, and even lies of ancient civilizations passed down over the “time of enlightenment.”
The time of enlightenment did result in a positive by ending the practice of killing witches. However, in spite of all the various philosopher’s opinions, it did not stop wars and killings as evidenced by history. Which method is more effective to promote peace? Enlightenment, or Faith? The Commandments of God are definitely a lot simpler to understand and guide mortal conduct in my opinion.
In reality, this miracle which is in essence a Divine Blessing. This miracle keeps reoccurring every second around the world every day.
Anyone who takes the time to read up on King Solomon would readily understand that at one time in his life he had a lot in common with atheists. He believed he was wise enough to discover all of our Creators’ Divine Mysteries. In the end though, he compared all his efforts in life as “chasing the wind.” In other words, he came to a conclusion that no mortal will ever be wise enough to understand all that God created when Solomon wrote this proverb.
Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear Yahweh and relinquish evil. (Proverb 3:7)
Why Have Faith?
In my opinion, the benefits of Faith far outweigh any benefits of atheism. St. Thomas Aquinas proved with logic with his Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God. If we have faith, when we die, as we surely will in time, perhaps God will reward a faith believer by opening His door. Why take any risk in life to forfeit His promise of an eternal reward?
In other words, if you are atheist with good moral convictions, you are losing out in life by shunning the benefits of faith. Benefits to help experience both the joys and sorrows of life. To believe that when you die, you will again share again the joys of being with all the people you loved and admired.
Just that belief alone, in my opinion, will help reduce the stress we all face every day in our lives in our imperfect world, caused mainly by sins of mortal choices.
One final thought is there is no better time to open your heart to acquire the Spirit of Faith than now. This is evidenced by Jesus Christ’s promise to the humble thief on the Cross who had the courage and humility to ask to be remembered.
The basic requisites for Faith are love, wisdom, and “a wee bit of courage” to say, “I believe.” All these virtues are wise choices in my opinion that will certainly help a person when they wish their final farewell to their family and friends and say, “until we meet again.”